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A Glimpse of the Past: Roane's Industrial Belt

Identifier: MS-1094

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This collection consits of 38 articles by Snyder Roberts in the Roane County News. Articles were published weekly from December 30, 1981 to September 15, 1982. Topics discussed in the articles focus on the history of industrialism in Roane County, Tennessee, and the effects of political events, geography, and the economy. Articles focus on Rockwood, the coal industry, and important figures in the county's history. The items in this collection are photocopies.


  • 1981 December 30-1982 September 15

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0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)


This collection consists of 38 articles by Snyder Roberts published in the Roane County News between December 30, 1981 and September 15, 1982.

Biographical/Historical Note

Snyder Eugene Roberts was born to Samuel Henry and Martha Kessiah Patsy (Webster) Roberts in Elverton, Tennessee on March 16, 1908. He was the youngest of ten children, including Charles Monroe (1888-1977), Derris Franklin (1890-1890), Walter Jennings (1891-1966), Sarah Magalena (1894-1895), Mattie Scottie (Roberts) Duncan (1896-1979), Florence Grace (Roberts) Fuller (1898-1999), Edward Burn (1900-1930), Minnie Erle (Roberts) Welcker (1902-2001), and Edna Pearl (1905-1905). Snyder Roberts graduated from Oliver Springs High School (where he played on the school's first football team) in 1927 and went on to coach sports at Coalfield High School and at Oliver Springs High School. He later became a teacher and principal. He married Willie Pauline Halburnt (1913-1982) on March 19, 1932 and the couple had one child, Patsy Jean (Roberts) McDonald. Roberts returned to his education in the late 1930s and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BS in School Administration in 1941. Beginning in 1943, he worked as an instructor and supervisor for the Oak Ridge Project as well as for such companies as Ford, Bacon and Davis and Union Carbide. He left Union Carbide to teach at Clinton High School in 1960 and later became involved with the history of Oliver Springs. Snyder Roberts died on May 15, 1994 and is buried in Roane County, Tenn.


This collection is in one folder.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA